Our Design Process

As Architectural Technologists we are able to help advise you throughout the house design stage. We will assist you with items as listed (but not limited to); design of space & function for each room, room layout & traffic areas, exterior finish details, roof & window styles, recommend optional structural components, future space planning etc, all while keeping in mind certain elements such as; natural light, possible furniture layouts and cost effectiveness.

This is our 5 step house plan design process for each of our projects.
House plans and their necessary revisions will be relayed either by email, or available for pick up during these stages. As always, initial meeting before we begin the design process to meet & greet, review past projects and decide whether you want us to design for you is free.

Due to varying client time restraints, high/low workloads, and the inability to predict the amount of revisions requested for an individual plan makes it hard for us to state a "one fits all" time frame.
Try to allow a minimum of 4-8 +/- weeks for steps 1 through 3 and the additional time to complete the working drawings for step 4.

Design Consultation Meeting (Step 1)
We have a consultation, preferably here at our offices, or at your present home ( must be on-site for additions) to discern the client’s wants & need.

·We establish your present and future lifestyle

·Establish what you like & don’t like

·What you want & don’t want

·Distinguish form & function

·We listen to your priorities, design styles, goals & budget and design a solution.

·We find out or determine constraints such as view, privacy, building envelope & setbacks

·Client presents any photos, house plans, sketches of their desired outcomes

Typically at this point we draft up sketches with you as shown to right to help get a sense of "wants"

Preliminary Home Design Concepts: (Step 2) follow 6-10 business days after our consultation meeting or receiving of deposit

From the information we obtained, we create and send the client a concept floor, a “starting point” to get the ball rolling. These preliminary concepts quickly help establish size, shape, scale and structure of your new home.

Revisions & Re-Draft (Step 3)

We take the clients response to our initial preliminary concepts and begin to change & revise the floor plans as the client has wished.

Depending on the amount of revisions to the house plans requested, this step can be the longest or shortest in the entire process.

At this point we send back the revised floor plan to the client and this process gets repeated over again till the plan is “just right”. The time that is required for this process is in large based on the clients ability to receive the house plans, review and return comments to us. Some clients take a few days to replay back with comments, some take weeks to months – you may take as much or little time you like.

During this time, which is the typically the bulk of the home design process, we discuss different details, ideas, layout possibilities, room sizes and locations, windows etc. This is the time that we recommend the client to come in and sit with us while we make changes/revisions and create ideas right before your eyes.

We recommend the client take out a measuring tape and compare their new room sizes with sizes of the current home they live in.

Also we ask that you give us sizes of any important pieces of furniture that you currently own that are to be incorporated in the design.

Re-draw House Plans for Permit (Step 4) - At this point with the clients final approval of the house plans we began to re-draw the house plans so they are permit ready. We complete structure, add all required notes & details, finishing touches to the elevations and cross sections.


Step 4 varies in time based on our current work load, but on average is anywhere from 2-3 weeks +/- from the time we are notified from client to finalize, to the completion of the full set of permit ready working house plans.

Pick-up Final House Plans (Step 5) - remaining balance is owed

With your finished dream home completed and plotted off, signed designer schedule 1 sheet – which is a guarantee of building permit, we now arrange a time to meet for pick-up of the final set of house plans